1925 Fordson Tractor Fundraiser
Ticket Drawn: Ray Adamson New Berlin, NY
The Ford Motor Company was founded in June, 1903. After a rocky start, the company achieved tremendous success with the launch of the famous Model T in 1908. From this year until 1927, the company would sell more than 15 million Model T cars and trucks.
While Ford achieved great success in the consumer automobile market, he was the son of a farmer himself and understood the need and usefulness of applying automotive technology to the process of farming. His strong support for the tractor is evident by his experimental work beginning in 1907, but his efforts to start production were delayed by a board of directors that was well satisfied with the sales and profits from the Model T cars and weary of taking a chance on what was an unestablished industry. When it became clear that the Ford Motor Company and its directors were completely unwilling to produce a tractor, Henry Ford set up an independent company to build and market the machine. In 1917, the Henry Ford & Son Corporation was set up for this purpose, with Henry Ford firmly in control.
The tractor was given a substantial boost by the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Food was desperately needed to feed the massive armies that were doing battle, but enormous manpower that would ordinarily be employed in farming was called away to battle. Farm tractors were the answer to the problem, which offered power and efficiency that would allow for greater production of food with fewer farmers. Ford had not invented the tractor, just as he had not invented the car, but as he had done with the automobile, he designed and produced a tractor that was affordable to the masses and revolutionized the industry. The days of plows pulled by horses were numbered. The Henry Ford & Son Company would build the machine that would change the world of farming forever.
This 1925 Fordson tractor was donated to the New York FFA by retired agricultural educators, Daryle Foster and Donald Farrand. The tractor was taken on by SUNY Morrisville as a restoration project for students, under the direction of assistant professor of agricultural engineering Charles Ax. Partnering with Morrisville State College, the New York FFA Foundation has put over $4000 into this project. 1500 hours of work has been put in to the project which has included complete engine overhaul, metal work, etc. This tractor is now being raffled by the New York FFA Foundation, Inc. to benefit agricultural education programs.
The NYS FFA Foundation is looking for more tractors. We are also accepting vintage or older model lawnmowers. A donation of a tractor is worth 10x the value of the tractor itself. This project has been a major financial plus to the foundation's efforts. We reserve the right to resale, refurbish, or recycle any tractor donated, but we will consult with the donor about their wishes.
We can provide any donor with a letter of donation as a receipt for use for your taxes. If you are able to ship or transport the tractor, we can add that value to the letter of donation. In addition, we will share progress pictures of any tractor as it is refurbished by students.
If you have a tractor that would make a great fundraiser, email us at email@example.com or call Todd Lighthall at (315) 346-1222.
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